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Griff Lamkin

Tennis Director & Professional

Griff Lamkin was an outstanding local player from 1966 to 1972, earning a No. 1 ranking in Virginia in both singles and doubles and No.1 in 1971 and No. 1 in the Mid-Atlantic in doubles in 1971.  He turned his local achievements into a college scholarship to University of South Florida where he played 4 years for a team that was ranked as high #33rd nationally. ...

Griff Lamkin was an outstanding local player from 1966 to 1972, earning a No. 1 ranking in Virginia in both singles and doubles and No.1 in 1971 and No. 1 in the Mid-Atlantic in doubles in 1971.  He turned his local achievements into a college scholarship to University of South Florida where he played 4 years for a team that was ranked as high #33rd nationally.   During his years at University of South Florida, Griff taught tennis during the summer and following his graduation (Bachelor of Science, Economics) he settled in to teach at MR&HC in February of 1977 and he earned his USPTA Teaching Certification (Currently P-1).   By June, 1977 he was the Head Pro and in 1984 he became the club’s Tennis Director.  Griff organizes a wide variety of special events throughout the year including: The Early Morning Breakfast, Tennis Exhibition for Charity, Tennis Trips, Brunches, Parent-Child. Member-Guest, and Century Tournaments.  In addition to this, he manages an outstanding staff of pros, and supervises maintenance of the 5 indoor tennis courts.   He provides member assistance, including arranging matches and personal assessments for all new members.   Despite 40 years of teaching at the club, Griff still loves teaching and maintain a 35+ hour weekly teaching schedule, teaching students from 5 to 90 years of age.   If you haven’t met him or you need help, please come up and say hello.

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Casey McClure

Tennis Professional

Having been a kid once himself (some claim he’s on his third childhood), Casey spent his formative years in the mid-1970’s learning how to play tennis at McLean Racquet & Health Club.

At Langley High School, he played varsity tennis and his team went on to win the Virginia AAA Championship. Unfortunately for Casey, this happened one year after...

Having been a kid once himself (some claim he’s on his third childhood), Casey spent his formative years in the mid-1970’s learning how to play tennis at McLean Racquet & Health Club.

At Langley High School, he played varsity tennis and his team went on to win the Virginia AAA Championship. Unfortunately for Casey, this happened one year after he had graduated.

Undaunted, he ventured to Ohio State University, where he played varsity tennis, and his team went on to win the Big 10 Championship. Unfortunately for Casey, this too occurred one year after he graduated.

In 1989, Casey became U.S.P.T.A. certified(some claim he’s certifiable as well) teaching professional. In 1992, his good friend Griff Lamkin was kind enough to offer him a job teaching tennis at McLean Racquet & Health Club. When Casey’s not off visiting some far-flung corner of the globe, he can usually be found on one of the five courts teaching kids and grown-ups the game of tennis, and having way too much fun in the process.

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Barbara Wilhelm Lamkin

Tennis Professional

Barb has over thirty years of tennis playing and teaching experience.  She has two tennis teaching certifications: the first as a Professional from the United States Professional Tennis Association, earned in 1998, and the second from the United States Professional Tennis Registry, earned in 1987. She graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park with ...

Barb has over thirty years of tennis playing and teaching experience.  She has two tennis teaching certifications: the first as a Professional from the United States Professional Tennis Association, earned in 1998, and the second from the United States Professional Tennis Registry, earned in 1987. She graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education in 1986.

Barb’s playing background includes Division 1 experience and competition in 14 years of sanctioned tournaments at the state and regional levels.  She has earned rankings in the Women’s Open singles division as high as #8 in Maryland and #14 in the Mid-Atlantic.

Barb taught elementary school from 1987 to 1994, teaching tennis over many summers.  Her favorite summer job was being Head Tennis Pro at Vineyard Haven Yacht Club on Martha’s Vineyard Island during the summers of 1989 and 1990.  She first joined MRHC staff as a Tennis Professional in 1994, and loves being a part of the warm and friendly McLean Racquet and health Club community.

Barb is happily married to Griff Lamkin.  Together they love spending time with their son, Bradley, who is also a tennis enthusiast!  Barb combines her loves of tennis teaching, school teaching, playing experience, and parenting to make her classes motivational and instructional.  She especially enjoys teaching singles and double strategy, providing clear stroke diagnosis, and mental toughness training.  Barb wants you to have fun while making a difference in your game.  She enjoys teaching students of all ages and levels. Barb looks forward for sharing her love of the game with you!

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Kristina Georgieva

Tennis Professional

Kristina was born in Haskovo, Bulgaria in 1982, the daughter of Atanas Georgiev and Nadia Georgieva.  She started to play tennis at the age of five with father Atanas, a national coach for the Bulgarian Tennis Federation who currently works for the Federation in an effort to further develop youth tennis in Europe.

Her first major tennis achievement came at ...

Kristina was born in Haskovo, Bulgaria in 1982, the daughter of Atanas Georgiev and Nadia Georgieva.  She started to play tennis at the age of five with father Atanas, a national coach for the Bulgarian Tennis Federation who currently works for the Federation in an effort to further develop youth tennis in Europe.

Her first major tennis achievement came at age 12 when she won the Bulgarian National Championship in singles and doubles in the 14-and-under age group.  One year later, she played in the European Championship for under-14s, where she lost in the third round in three sets against the later world #1 WTA tour player Kim Clijsters.

In high school, Kristina was consistently ranked among the top eight players in the senior women’s rankings in Bulgaria. She was a finalist in the under-18s junior national tournament in Bulgaria, and finished third overall in the Bulgarian senior women’s doubles tournament. Playing on the pro circuit, Kristina reached a career-high WTA tour ranking of number 870.

After coming to America, Kristina played four years on the American University Varsity Women’s Tennis Team, where she received a full scholarship.  She played No. 1 singles and doubles in her senior year and was named to the All – Patriot League First Singles and Doubles teams for four consecutive years.  Kristina graduated in 2004 from American University with a BA in Public Communications and a Minor in Health Promotion.  Kristina also received her MBA in Marketing in 2008.

Kristina Georgieva joined the team of teaching professionals at the Mclean Racquet and Health Club in 2006.  With regard to her tennis-teaching career, Kristina says: ” Tennis is a lifetime sport and has been my life so far. I plan to stay on the tennis courts for many years to come. I love sharing my knowledge about the game with anyone that loves this sport and wants to learn more about it.”

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Eugen Potorac

Tennis Professional

Eugen Potorac is a professional tennis instructor born and raised in Moldova (Eastern Europe) where he learned how to play the sport. During his teenage years, he competed in many challengers and satellites throughout Europe.
He immigrated to the US in 2005 and found himself  teaching at McLean Racquet and Health Club. He can teach all classes and all levels...

Eugen Potorac is a professional tennis instructor born and raised in Moldova (Eastern Europe) where he learned how to play the sport. During his teenage years, he competed in many challengers and satellites throughout Europe.
He immigrated to the US in 2005 and found himself  teaching at McLean Racquet and Health Club. He can teach all classes and all levels but his main strength is one on one.
PTR certified as a “professional” and with more than 12 years in teaching experience, he is ready to take your game to the next level.

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Eben Donkor

Tennis Professional

Eben Donkor was born to a family of four brothers and three sisters in Ghana, West Africa. He was nine years old when he discovered Tennis, his great ambition in life, through his older brother, Isaac, who was one of Ghana’s finest tennis players.

Since then, Tennis has been a big part of Eben’s daily life and with the constant practice, hard work, and d...

Eben Donkor was born to a family of four brothers and three sisters in Ghana, West Africa. He was nine years old when he discovered Tennis, his great ambition in life, through his older brother, Isaac, who was one of Ghana’s finest tennis players.

Since then, Tennis has been a big part of Eben’s daily life and with the constant practice, hard work, and dedication; he has won many trophies, received recognition, scholarships, and certificates throughout his teenage years.

Currently, Eben is a “Certified Professional” with the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR). He was also been selected by the PTR Organization into their inaugural PTR Master of Tennis (Performance) Program for 2010-2011.

In addition to Donkor’s outstanding tennis profile, Eben is a highly trained IT professional with several levels of security clearance. With his IT experience and tennis prowess, Eben is also an integral part of The Donkor Tennis and Education Foundation, in Ghana, West Africa, which provides guidance, Information, Sports training, and mentoring to children and young adults with the intention of reducing poverty and increasing opprotunities.

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Darius Firousgar

Tennis Professional

Darius Firousgar played #1 and #2 singles and doubles for Bethesda Chevy Chase High School, and #1 Singles for Montgomery College from 1989-1990.

After playing in college, Darius was consistently ranked among the top 15 in the men’s Mid-Atlantic Tennis Association Open Division (1990-97). In 1997, he finished ranked fourth in the men’s open rankings for ...

Darius Firousgar played #1 and #2 singles and doubles for Bethesda Chevy Chase High School, and #1 Singles for Montgomery College from 1989-1990.

After playing in college, Darius was consistently ranked among the top 15 in the men’s Mid-Atlantic Tennis Association Open Division (1990-97). In 1997, he finished ranked fourth in the men’s open rankings for the Mid-Atlantic, and was tied for first in the midseason of that year. Darius also placed third in the National (Amateur) Open division championships in 1990.

In addition to competing locally and nationally, Darius played on the men’s tour semi-professionally on and off for five years from 1991-95. He has been teaching full time for almost ten years, and believes in teaching individuals of all levels the most modern techniques.

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